The U.S. does even hide the fact that the march Dragoon Ride, the so-called pass of the U.S. Army through six European countries, is aimed to demonstrate Russia the power of NATO. After annexation of Crimea, very often NATO countries hear not so much hidden threats from the Kremlin.
It is assumed that the U.S. military men, participating in NATO exercises in the Baltic States, will march along the territory of six European countries. Their route will be 1,100 miles – more than 2000 kilometers.
Their goal is to get their base in Germany by march. And the soldiers will move primarily in the Baltic countries and Poland, who feel aggression from Moscow more than others. Therefore, in addition to the planned march, the servicemen are planning to meet with the locals.
It is referred to the soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the United States. Despite the name, the soldiers will move on the Stryker armored vehicles. Air support will be provided by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.
According to Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Armed Forces Craig Childs, NATO forces want to demonstrate Russia how protected the borders of the Alliance's members are.
Along its route the American file will make breaks and hold meetings with local residents.